Plymouth Rock

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, Easily handled, Bears confinement well, Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    White, Partridge, Buff, Barred, Blue, Columbian, Silver Penciled, Black. RED
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:

    The Plymouth Rock is a very popular duel-purpose American breed, known for their excellent laying ability, general hardiness, and calm good nature which makes them a good choice for small backyard flocks and homesteaders.

    Chickens called "Plymouth Rocks" were shown as early as 1849, but that flock disappeared and later strains from several different breeders combined to form the foundation of today’s Plymouth Rock breed. Mr. D.A. Upham of Worcester, MA is credited as being one of the primary influences on the breed, he first exhibited his birds at the Worcester, MA poultry exhibition in 1869. His birds are generally acknowledged to be the ancestors of the breed we know today.

    A number of different breeds are reputed to have gone into the formation of the Plymouth Rock, including Dominique, Brahma, Black Java and Cochin. The breed gained a great deal of popularity quickly and the Plymouth Rock became the most popular farm chicken in the United States up until WWII.

    The original color of the breed was Barred and early in the breeds history the name "Plymouth Rock" implied a barred bird. Barred varieties remain the most popular color today. As more color varieties were developed, the name Plymouth Rock became the designation for the entire breed, which can now can be found in other colors including White, Buff, Partridge, Silver Penciled, Columbian and Blue.

    The Barred Plymouth Rock was one of the breeds used as the foundation for the commercial broiler industry in the united States in the 1920's and the White Rock is still often used as the female side of the Cornish Rocks or Cornish Cross type commercial broiler cross.

    They are single combed, quite winter hardy, and the hens are good layers of brown eggs. They are occasionally broody and make good setters and mothers.

    The Plymouth Rock breed was recognized by the APA in 1874 and is on The Livestock Conservancy's Recovering list.

    Plymouth Rock juvenile
    Plymouth rock chicks

    Plymouth Rock hen

    Plymouth Rock rooster

    For more information on Plymouth Rocks and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Light Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Docile,Curious

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    White, Partridge, Buff, Barred, Blue, Columbian, Silver Penciled, Black.
    Breed Details:
    I have found that this breed is friendlier than other breeds, mine always come running and they imprinted as chicks. My partridge Rock will even let me pick her up; very docile. More active then breeds such as Leghorns, EE, and RIR. They are a hardy breed that can withstand quite a bit. I have also noticed that they also grow bigger, faster than most breeds do. Also great layers of large brown eggs and will sometimes become broody and be great mothers.







Recent User Reviews

  1. Callsp
    "Barred Rock"
    Pros - Extremely Pretty and awsome egg layers
    Cons - Can be bullies to other birds
    okay, so heres the thing. I bought them mostly for thier looks and their egg production. But a few months after I got them as chicks and they were feathered, they turned out to look a little weird. Their backs have feathers that are not there and their heads are starting to loose feathers. They have been checked for fleas and there have been no signs of pecking or bulliing. The other breeds that are along with the barred rocks are absolutly fine and they is nothing wrong with them. If anyone has any odeas....Please reply to this message.
  2. Candy S
    "My next chicken choice"
    I currently have 3 ISa Browns, 4 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Cochin, 1 Polish, and 1 Silkie, (plus 2 ducks). I think plymouth rocks may be a nice addition.

    I’m looking for gentle, cold weather birds that will get along with my current small flock.
    Papa John59, flwrldy and G Mitch like this.
  3. kturnquist
    "Great breed!"
    Pros - Docile, smart, protective
    Cons - can be a bully
    I'm on my first flock of chickens and I love having a Barred Rock. I heard great things about them and she's been a great addition to our backyard flock. Our BR is our boss lady chicken and she does her best to protect the other girls from our very scary fluffy puppy or other dangers that might arise. She's definitely one of the most handleable of our flock and she's super sweet. She won't come sit on my lap like she did when she was a baby but she'll come running to say hi anytime I'm in the backyard.
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User Comments

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  1. AlmadenOaks
    I have 14 barred rocks. They are all sweethearts, though one or two can get a little bossy. Every few weeks I have a broodie gal -- not the same one ever. I only had one I had to "break" the broodies. They are "heavy" birds and needed large nest boxes to be comfy. Many of them also have some trouble with high roosts so we lowered things (roost bars and nest boxes). About 4 of them fly like the wind and have no problem jumping straight to my shoulder. The others get a foot off the ground at best, but can go laterally a long way like that.

    I live in northern Alabama and experienced frostbite on the combs of several of my girls last winter. So, they are cold hardy but need to be watched when it is cold and wet. This winter we are keeping them in their coop when it is wet and the wind-chill is below freezing. They were born July 2016, and have produced an average of 12 - 14 eggs per day once they all started laying -- until winter set in. Now it is 9 - 12 eggs per day. Someone forgot to tell them not to lay so much. Their eggs are all shades of brown from very light to very dark, but generally are a nice medium brown egg and generally large.

    Great birds!
  2. PlymouthRockExpert
    I have barred and partridge rox. But the barred are by far the best chickens I've ever seen. The partridge ones tend to be quite skittish and believe it or not pretty aggressive. Some of them are pretty sweet though! the barred are the most friendly though. GREAT EGGS TOO!!! The best cold weather breed by far as well
  3. dennisma1
    Ive had Buff rocks and Barred Rocks, of the two the Barred were the more docile and the better layers. But the Buff were prettier. Pretty hardy chickens for New England.
      Better Than Rubies likes this.
  4. Dawnclucks22
    Wonderful breed. Mine is as sweet as could be but a bit skittish.
  5. featherhead007
    my "Roxie" is the best chicken in the world. was love at first sight from her egg hatch until she started laying her own eggs! always by my side.
    1. PlymouthRockExpert
      awww <3 SAME as my little Ms. Prissy which is my profile pic!!!
      PlymouthRockExpert, Dec 17, 2017
  6. rdfields68
    Love my Barred Rocks. They are generally the pretty quiet ones but I love to hear them talk while foraging around. So sweet! My cockerel is a good boy too! Eats out of my hand and looks after all his girls. ❤️
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
    1. PlymouthRockExpert
      Definitely go with barred rocks or partridge rocks
      PlymouthRockExpert, Dec 17, 2017
    2. featherhead007
      Just add some cannabis seed to their feed and they will be docile, or they won't care either way.... Just kidding, I'd never poison my chickens
      featherhead007, Jan 15, 2018
    3. aspiras1
      I have ordered Easter Eggers from Cackle Hatchery and they are the mosty hardy birds I have. I only lost one and they gave me 4 extra out of the 50 I ordered. Any chicks we hatched from them never died either.
      aspiras1, May 11, 2018
  8. lifein1840
    I like the barred Rock as a general farm flock bird, but I have had some pretty bossy, slightly aggressive hens of this breed.
      kandi862 likes this.
  9. 2eggsfried
    To the right of the type chicken you want to review, is written write a review. once you've chosen that. It goes to form and just submit at the end. hope this helps
  10. HappyClucker7
    Ok so, this has nothing to do with your review, but how do you make a review? I keep trying to figure it out but I just can't make sense of it.

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